The voting machines haven't even been set up yet and already the Republicans, drool sloppily dripping uncontrollably from their mouthes, are pissing in their pants with excitement over the prospect of.....shutting the government down.
Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly...
Likely Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) in Alaska told Fox News last week that GOP lawmakers must have the "courage to shut down the government" in order to eliminate government programs he doesn't like. Right-wing CNN personality Erick Erickson said with child-like excitement yesterday, "I'm almost giddy thinking about a government shutdown next year. I cannot wait!"
And sleazy GOP consultant Dick Morris told activists late last week that Republicans should do exactly as Gingrich/Dole did 15 years ago, but this time it'll work out better.
"There's going to be a government shutdown, just like in '95 and '96 but we're going to win it this time and I'll be fightin' on your side," Morris said at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation Conference on Friday in Washington. [...]
Morris sounded a similar note in April, suggesting in a speech the Republicans should force a shutdown over health care funding.
It's gonna' all be just soooo great.
If there were ever an election cycle when Americans shouldn't even be considering voting for Republicans.....this one coming up in November....is the one.
Republicans are willing....and anxious....to fulfill Grover Norquist's wet dream of "drowning the government in a bathtub". Newtie tried to push the U.S. government's head under water long enough to kill it back in the 90's.....but he wound up injuring himself in the process.
I'll give the extremist Republicans (is there really any other Republicans now?) credit. They don't hide their intentions.
What are those intentions? Eliminate....phase out...Social Security. Replace Social Security with a Wall Street privatization program. Privatize Medicare, replacing our current system with vouchers to purchase for-profit insurance. Repeal the timid Obama health care legislation. Repeal Obama's timid re-regulation of the financial industry.
Make American Muslims and Hispanic Americans permanent second-class citizens. Militarize America's borders. Force underage incest and rape victims to carry to term their rapist's child. End all forms of affirmative action for blacks. Propagandize public school textbooks, revising American history to be more extremist-right favorable.
Begin a 24 month program....I guess, after shutting down the government,.....to "restore honor" to the executive branch. Investigating ghosts of liberation theology, birth certificates, bowing and Black Panthers, concluding in a Fox-led, clusterf*ck impeachment of the Dark Knight.....the One who "isn't really one of us."
An objective person might suggest that America's political-media discourse couldn't possibly get any more batsh*t crazy.....but that objective person would be mistaken. Just wait.
Back in the 90's, when Ken Starr was sniffing panties and preparing to prosecute President Clinton....I thought, surely these guys weren't going to try to remove a president for fibbing about a blowjob. I was mistaken.
In the fall of 2000, when Justice Scalia was preparing to save the nation from President Al Gore....I thought, surely these guys are going to allow Florida to handle their recount by themselves as the rule of law dictates.....but I was mistaken.
During all of 2002, and especially after the State of the Union address in January 2003.....I thought, surely these guys are not going to attack Iraq, a non-threatening-to-the-U.S. sovereign country....but I was mistaken.
After the revelations about torture, illegal wiretapping of Americans, outing a covert CIA agent, extraordinary rendition,.....and the cascade of lies which followed.....I thought, surely governmental leaders would do the proper and legal thing.....and remove an obviously criminal executive from office. But I was way wrong.
So....if you might be toying with the idea that...."it won't be THAT bad, if Republicans take back Congress".....you had better be doing some rethinking.
After Gingrich shut down the federal government in the 90's, a foolish and radical action which eventually backfired on Newtie, Republicans went forward and impeached President Clinton, paving the way for a Black Robed Regiment to place George W. Bush in the White House.
Do you honestly think that the 2010 GOP players are less radical, less extreme than their 90's counterparts?
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